JAMB suspends admission to striking South-Eastern varsities

THE Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has suspended admissions to state-owned universities in south-eastern Nigeria for the 2011/2012 session following the prolonged strike by their academic staff.

The Registrar of JAMB, Professor Dibu Ojerinde, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lagos.

Ojerinde also said that the affected institutions had been deleted from the website of JAMB for the time being.

He said that the decision was as a result of the protracted face-off between the institutions’ lecturers and their state governments – Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo.

The affected institutions had been closed for over three months due to disagreement between the lecturers and the state governments over non-implementation of the enhanced lecturers’ pay approved by the federal government.

“There will be no admission in the schools for 2011/2012 session. The factions in the strike should think of the implications of their actions on innocent students.

“They should resolve the strike and open the schools without further delay.

“This is a sad development and the issue must be addressed urgently by the stakeholders. The future of the students must be considered,” he noted.

Ojerinde described the conduct of the first Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) held in April 2010 as successful, promising that the second edition scheduled for June 11, 2011 would build on its success.

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